April ’16 Running Playlist

Happy Weekend, y’all!

Since I’m in the midst of training for the Broad Street Run, I figured that I would share one of my favorite running playlists with you. While nearly everybody requires great music to get them through a workout, I really do when it comes to running. I am not a natural runner by any means, and working my way up to even 10 miles is a challenge. Thus, the better the music, the better I perform. If I have an awesome playlist to look forward to, I’m that much more motivated to get my butt outside and run my little heart out.

If you run roughly a 10-minute mile such as myself, this playlist is perfect for a four-miler. If you’re a Speedy Gonzalez, my apologies. If you give this playlist a try, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! What songs do you recommend that I add to my May running playlist?

Kitchen Sink Huevos Rancheros with Mexican Tzatziki

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First of all, let me clarify what I mean by “kitchen sink.” Whenever I’m trying to use up everything in the fridge prior to a trip to the grocery store, I often throw it all into one dish. You know, “everything but the kitchen sink.” Sometimes, it ends up being a really basic salad or something of the like. Other times, however, I end up with a completely awesome dish like these huevos rancheros.

I made this Mexican tzatziki about a week ago and, prior to this post, there was only a teensy bit left. I’m so happy that these huevos rancheros happened because that means that I get to unexpectedly share the recipe for my Mexican tzatziki with you. As it turns out, Mexican tzatziki is deee-lish, so I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!

I must note that I make traditional tzatziki regularly. In fact, I’m surprised my recipe hasn’t made it onto my blog prior to this post. While there is absolutely, positively nothing wrong with traditional tzatziki, sometimes my creativity in the kitchen spirals out of control. As a result, strangely amazing things like Mexican tzatziki happen. Originally, I made it for taco night. I always use Greek yogurt in lieu of sour cream, so I thought it would be fun to add cilantro, lime, chipotle pepper, and several other ingredients into the mix.

The “recipe” for these huevos rancheros is more of a “non-recipe.” What I mean by that is that exact measurements are not necessary. Instead, throw the yummy ingredients on a plate and it will work; I assure you! What are some of your favorite non-recipes?

PART 1: MEXICAN TZATZIKI

Note: To make traditional tzatziki, sub dill for cilantro, 2 lemons for 4 limes, and black pepper for chipotle pepper.

What you’ll need:

  • 4 cups Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 English cucumber, seeded and chopped fine
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • The juice of 4 limes
  • Chipotle pepper to taste
  • Himalayan salt to taste

What you’ll do:

  • In a large mixing bowl, fold all ingredients together
  • Serve with huevos rancheros or tacos, or as a dip paired with tortilla chips

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PART 2: KITCHEN SINK HUEVOS RANCHEROS

What you’ll need:

  • 1 whole wheat tortilla, toasted
  • A large handful of greens
  • 1/2 a can of black beans, drained
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 8-10 grape tomatoes, sliced
  • 2 eggs, fried
  • A generous spoonful of Mexican tzatziki
  • Fresh cilantro and cracked black pepper for garnish

What you’ll do:

  • Arrange the ingredients, minus the cilantro and black pepper, on top of the toasted tortilla
  • Finish with cilantro and cracked black pepper

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Top 10 Food and Beverage Instagram Accounts

People often ask me where my love of food and beverage comes from. The reason is threefold:

  1. My mom’s side of the family is obsessed with food. As such, it’s something that I grew up with. It is through my family that I learned that food is a surefire way to get people together and make memories around the table.
  2. I was a server at several upscale restaurants from the ages of 15 to 24. Those experiences are where my interest in obscure ingredients and the technical aspects of cooking and baking grew even deeper.
  3. I follow many incredible food- and beverage-related accounts on Instagram. It is through these that I seek inspiration and learn something new almost every day. When I explain this reason to people, the next question is typically, “Which are some of your favorite accounts to follow?” After struggling to come up with some of my favorite accounts on the fly, I was inspired to create an organized and well-thought-out list.

I must say that compiling this list wasn’t easy. To narrow it down to just 10 of my favorite accounts was a challenge. While each of the accounts that I selected has its own flair, you’ll probably notice that I am drawn to fresh and local ingredients, stunning photography, vibrant colors, and creative twists on classics. What I ultimately love about all of these accounts is that they make it quite obvious that healthy food doesn’t have to be limiting or boring. In fact, the food and beverage featured in these accounts are anything but.

So, in no particular order…

Alpha Foodie

https://www.instagram.com/p/BDDE7hpK2cy/?taken-by=alphafoodie&hl=en

Half Baked Harvest

https://www.instagram.com/p/BDMQSZbgOn5/?taken-by=halfbakedharvest&hl=en

Cravings in Amsterdam

https://www.instagram.com/p/BCBfFiBqW_P/?taken-by=cravingsinamsterdam&hl=en

Feed Me Dearly

https://www.instagram.com/p/BDi3lXxMJ9u/?taken-by=feedmedearly&hl=en

Ful-filled

https://www.instagram.com/p/BCtNFEoBk3M/?taken-by=ful.filled&hl=en

Madeline Lu

https://www.instagram.com/p/BCaQm0qlZcN/?taken-by=lumadeline&hl=en

Reclaiming Yesterday

https://www.instagram.com/p/BCwT5x8Fw1Q/?taken-by=reclaimingyesterday&hl=en

The Delicious Life

https://www.instagram.com/p/BC_lRanjr_2/?taken-by=thedelicious&hl=en

Circa Happy

https://www.instagram.com/p/BBnFyCgvAhd/?taken-by=circahappy&hl=en

Elsa’s Wholesome Life

https://www.instagram.com/p/BBxA2JOP66r/?taken-by=elsas_wholesomelife&hl=en